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#1 of 8 Old 04-26-2004, 11:22 PM - Thread Starter
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My kids are 'spirited' and inherited my klutz gene, therefore making a good combination for lots of ER visits. Today was another testimate to just that.

I was watching a movie in my room with my 3 kiddos (a cute Disney channel movie ) Ok Joscey and I were watching the movie and Andy and Mac were playing on the floor. Andy got wound up and knocked his sister over and she smacked her face on the edge of my bed (ouch!). She started screaming of course and all I see is blood. I run her downstairs to try to get a good look and her nose is bleeding and she has blood gushing from her mouth. Usually I'm pretty good when it comes to my kids' injuries but Mac is my baby so I tend to over react! DH is the same way and between the both of us cant get a good look in her mouth but lots of blood and nothing is calming her down so I decide to take her in. We're only a few miles away anyways. Of course it turns out she cut her lip pretty good but no stiches needed *whew*.

On my way out the door to the hospital my instincts were to grab baby/keys/sling. So I had Mackie in my Maya Wrap (which hides blood very well as mommy was covered in it by this point) when I got into the ER and right away I had all the nurses staring at me trying to figure this thing out. One nurse approaches and says "I remember you! I recognized you in the sling" Another tells me how neat it is and proceeds to go on about how her 16month old would get a kick out of it and it would make it easier on her. The Dr even remembered us because of the sling. (mind you I just got my Maya Wrap so it was one of how many other slings I After we got all checked out I was waiting for the paperwork for discharge and Mac was getting antsy so I put her on my back and we bounced up and down the hallway. Of course this got the sling even more attention and questions. I probably got quite a few nurses converted to babywearing tonight! LOL

On the way back I started thinking about how they recognized me by the sling and other situations like this.. At the clinic they refer to me as the mom with the sling, at the library I'm the mom with all the kids and the sling even at the grocery store. I think we really need more slings around here!! Oh and BTW they give away Boyds bears in the ER here, how crazy is that? Of course its covered in blood already and in need of a bath but it worked to calm her down!

Anyways, just had to share my Slingin in the ER experience! Who ever thought that the ER would be a place to get people info on babywearing?? LMAO

Mom to Joscelyne 14, Andrew 12, and Mackenzie 10 and wife to Nate.
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so glad your ds is okay!
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I am so glad Mackenzie is okay!!

And that is too funny that you are the ONLY slinging mama! Good grief people!

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When Ollie was 3 months he had to have surgery thankfully it was outpatient but he spent every possible second in the sling. It was so wonderful to have a place that he felt safe, he had so many painful things done to him but as soon as I could pick him up and put him in the sling he snuggled in and stopped crying. Everything was amazed, our anestiologist (sp???) actually used a sling with his baby so he stood up for us when the recovery nurse gave us a hard time about putting him back in after his surgery (she thought he wouldn't be able to breath )
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Well first I am very glad your DD is okay! I have three boys and they are total klutz's too (and like to play rough) so we spend a lot of time in the ER as well.

The cashiers at walmart call me "the sling lady" (because I have a new one on almost every time they see me LOL) and one lady told me my maya looked like my banner for super mom! A title I laughed at, but thank you thank you very much
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Love it! Banner for super mom! I often take a my 3 kids plus my 3 daycare kids shopping if I need to run errands. Of course Mackie is always in the sling! I get lots of "super mom" comments and "I dont know how you do it, but I guess moms can do it all!" (my favorite comment and I use the excuse "moms can do it all" quite alot! "I'm a mom, thats how!") , I just blush and say thankyou. Makes you feel good though!

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Way back when DD was about a month old, we spent an afternoon at the ER for DS, pneumonia. The sling made taking care of her while we were worrying about him so much easier.

And an empty carseat ('cause we had that too) is so much easier to schlepp around.:LOL

When we went to Niagara Falls when DD was two, I carried her everywhere in that sling (a blue-green MayaWrap). With all the international tourists there, I was shocked when people who worked there would say that this was the first time they'd ever seen such a thing.

"What will you do once you know?"
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GLad your little one is ok Kristie!
I have gone to county market with my babe in my wrap, and just got funny looks!
I have gotten some comments at good will in stw though

funny I havent seen you around!
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